600km Walking Pilgrimage through Spain

Written by Denise Chng Lisan & published on September 2 2008

From the moment I discovered an ancient pilgrimage path in Spain in June last year, the attraction of walking hundreds of kilometres towards an assured destination grew on me daily. My eagerness to go on a month-long journey on foot across the steep slopes, lush valleys and forests of the Pyrenees, and through countless small towns and villages, was part of a subconscious quest to find depth and meaning in my life. At the age of 33, I was approaching – prematurely, perhaps – what seemed to be a mid-life crisis.

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Letter from Quebec: Preserving Heritage

Written by Denise Chng Lisan & published on November 8 2008

'TRAVEL is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living,' wrote Miriam Beard. Life in Quebec is now my teacher, pointing out my knowledge gaps and honing my ideas of living - be it language, culture, life-skills, or the environment.

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The beginning begins with the end

Posted by Denise CHNG Lisan On Friday, October 19, 2007
The last marker I saw was 18.5km. I am 18.5km away from Santiago. By this evening, I will reach the phenomenal destination, ending a phenomenal journey.

The last days of the camino is mixed with a full spectrum of emotions. On one end, I feel extremely relaxed in the moment, absorbing all there is to see, hear and smell. I let time lapse and let my feet walk. The baggage on my back is no longer there. I can hardly feel my pack now. My feet has grown hard muscles, as I burnt away the fat deposits there were once lodging there. haha...

On the other end of the spectrum of emotions (concurred by other camino walkers as well), there are emotions relating to the transition into reality of our lives....the one we will live after the camino. How can we apply what we have learnt and trained for in the daily life we will live? There is a mixture of fear with anticipation. What if the freedom we find on the camino, the dreams that sound so real, all melt away in the concrete reality of hard, fast-paced life we get ourselves caught into? How will we continue to find the yellow arrows in our lives? Can we recognize signs and angels even if they come knocking on our door?

That, I believe, will be the real test.

As I walk my last few kilometers, my mind becomes resolved around the things I want to change, the habits I want to build, the discipline I want to instill in my life. I want to continue walking....

And the great thing is that I don´t have to stop.

1 Response to 'The beginning begins with the end'

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